Thao + Mirah

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Thao & Mirah
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Studio album by Thao Nguyen & Mirah
Released April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)
Genre Indie rock
Length 40:13
Label Kill Rock Stars
Producer Tune-Yards
Mirah chronology
(a)spera
(2009)(a)spera2009
Thao & Mirah
(2011)
Changing Light
(2014)Changing Light2014

Thao & Mirah is a collaborative studio album by Thao Nguyen & Mirah, released in 2011 on Kill Rock Stars. In support of the album Thao and Mirah toured with indie music artists such as BOBBY.[1] It was well received by music critics;[2][3][4] according to Pitchfork, "everything on Thao & Mirah feels of a cohesive collaborative piece, separate from either artist's solo work, a combination that synthesizes their individual strengths to outstanding effect."[3]

Background[edit]

In early 2010, Mirah performed with Thao Nguyen at the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco. The two later announced a 2010 North American tour, billed under the name Thao and Mirah With The Most of All.[5] Mirah and Thao performed a collaborative set and shared vocal duties on each artist's respective songs. The two artists subsequently recorded Thao and Mirah.[6]

Production and release[edit]

Thao & Mirah was produced by Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and recorded in San Francisco, California. It was released on April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) on the record label Kill Rock Stars.[6]

The two toured in support of the album while working with Air Traffic Control, an organization that provides artists a platform for social activism.[7] To support the album, Thao and Mirah have toured with indie music artists such as BOBBY.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
The A.V. Club B-[10]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[11]
Dusted Magazine favorable[12]
Paste 8.8/10[2]
Pitchfork 7.9/10[3]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[13]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5[4]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 76% based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

According to Pitchfork, "Some songs are more clearly led by one singer or the other-- Mirah's mournful unreeling on "Spaced Out Orbit" or Thao's rusty guitar slide and junkyard drum clatter of "Squareneck"...but everything on Thao & Mirah feels of a cohesive collaborative piece, separate from either artist's solo work, a combination that synthesizes their individual strengths to outstanding effect."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Eleven" (featuring Tune-Yards) 4:01
2. "Folks" 2:54
3. "Little Cup" 3:35
4. "Rubies and Rocks" 4:03
5. "Teeth" 2:52
6. "Spaced Out Orbit" 4:24
7. "How Dare You" 2:59
8. "Sugar and Plastic" 2:03
9. "Likable Man" 3:34
10. "Hallelujah" 4:08
11. "Squareneck" 3:39

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[14] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lipsitz, Ari (April 28, 2011). "Bobby, Thao And Mirah On Thweedle-Laden Tour". CMJ. 
  2. ^ a b Oliphint, Joel (April 26, 2011). "Thao & Mirah: Thao & Mirah". Paste. 
  3. ^ a b c d Grandy, Eric (April 27, 2011). "Thao & Mirah: Thao & Mirah - Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. 
  4. ^ a b Hemmerling, Joe (June 16, 2011). "Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah - Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  5. ^ Mirah and Thao to Tour Together
  6. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (January 25, 2011). "Thao and Mirah Team for Album | News". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (2011-12-04). "Music News & Features | Listen & Download MP3s". eMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Thao & Mirah by Thao & Mirah". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross. "Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah". Allmusic. 
  10. ^ Gordon, Scott (April 26, 2011). "Thao & Mirah: Thao & Mirah - Music". The A.V. Club. 
  11. ^ Mojica, Frank (May 2, 2011). "Album Review: Thao & Mirah – Thao & Mirah". Consequence of Sound. 
  12. ^ Carroll, Tobias (April 25, 2011). "Dusted Reviews: Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah". Dusted Magazine. 
  13. ^ Pan, Arnold (April 28, 2011). "Thao and Mirah: Thao and Mirah". PopMatters. 
  14. ^ "Thao & Mirah - Chart history - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 

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